Fairview Pegleg Carignan 2009

January 29, 2014
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 0 Comments

More than a curiosity.

More than a curiosity.

Despite being late ripening and susceptible to disease, Carignan is widely planted in the south of France on account of being super-productive. Its origins are presumed Spanish and many will know it for the role it plays in the cult wines of Priorat. It typically makes wines high in acidity and tannins but old vines can produce pleasant surprises. Plantings in SA are low – some 84ha at the end of 2012.

Pegleg Carignan 2009 from Fairview (R100 a bottle) comes from a Perdeberg vineyard planted in 1972 bearing 2.8 tons a hectare (the wine named after grower Cobus Basson who lost a leg in a tractor accident). Fermentation was begun in tank and finished in old barrels where it was matured for 14 months.

It’s a really appealing if not profound wine – red cherry and strawberry as well as intense spice. The acidity is indeed snappy and the tannins present but by no means coarse. Youthful and remarkably light bodied for its 14% alcohol by volume.

Score: 88/100.

Tagged , , ,

Share this post

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


AEC v1.0.4
  • November 23, 2017FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show
  • November 29, 2017Stellenbosch at Summer Place - presented by Sanlam Private Wealth
AEC v1.0.4
newlstter2 Get the biggest stories of the past fortnight sent directly to your inbox. subscribe

Wine magazine was published from October 1993 until September 2011 & now lives on in digital form as Winemag.co.za. We cover everything to do with SA fine wine.

XSLT Plugin by Leo Jiang